Nebraska State Sen. Ernie Chambers (I) compared the American flag to the Nazi swastika in response to a bill put before the legislature in Lincoln that would make school civics requirements more rigorous. (Washington Examiner)
State Sen. Julie Slama, who introduced the bill, said: “Sen. Chambers’ comments not only degrade a symbol of ultimate sacrifice for our nation, but they also minimize the horrors and millions of lives lost in the Holocaust.”
Chambers, a registered independent and part of Nebraska’s nonpartisan unicameral legislature, refers to himself as “the defender of the downtrodden.” He is no stranger to controversy, having attempted to sue God over “destruction and terrorization of millions” in 2007 and in 2015 calling the police “my ISIS.”
When the Washington Examiner asked Chambers’ office to clarify his comments, they said it was not the first time he had compared the flag with the swastika.
State Sen. Tom Brewer (R) – a 30-year military veteran – had a poignant response, saying in part:
“It rips our heart out to hear someone say that they refer to the flag as a rag because for those of us that have brought home those that we’ve lost it’s hard to refer to the flag as a rag because you have to fold it and you have to give it to the parents – that’s awful hard to do.”
(H/T KMTV Omaha)